Krochet Kids: Knitting the Fabric of a Society

Quick question: “When you buy a winter hat, where does your money go?”

Hold on to that thought and feast on the countless possibilities while you read on.

Winter is coming.

You can just tell by breathing in the morning air. And I guess I am lucky enough to be able to say that, living in St. John’s, Newfoundland, by far one of the cleanest cities in Canada. Along with winter comes the obvious shift in fashion. Out with the shorts and in with the jackets. The bandanas make way for scarves and toques.

Speaking of which…

I reached into my closet and pulled out my hat bin. You see, I’m a cap/hat/toque lover. (For those of you who think I’m talking gibberish when I keep saying the word ‘toque’, a toque is the Canadian equivalent of a knit winter hat. A beanie if you may.)

As I pulled out the storied heroes of past winters Read more…

Social Good Summit 2011 (presented by Mashable, 92nd Street Y & the UN Foundation)

A few months ago whilst catching up on the latest social media news I came across the “Social Good Summit” – an annual conference hosted by Mashable, 92nd Street Y, and the United Nations Foundation aimed at bringing together technologists, thought leaders and passionate activists to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place.

Why not?

Since I was heading back to North America for a few months, and seeing that Ted Turner, Lance Armstrong and Doug Ulman were going to be amongst some of the notable speakers, I thought to myself, “Why not grab a couple of tickets and use this as a reason to visit New York?”.

Afterall, it’s an opportunity to connect with some amazing people and organizations involved in social good.

At first I thought it was just going to be a small event, however as the weeks rolled by more and more Read more…

UNESCO: Something for Everyone

In today’s time and age, there are countless social organizations that all tug at our heartstrings – how can we choose only a handful of charities when we’re pumped up and ready to save the world? It’s like going to a restaurant and choosing only one entree out of hundreds of other equally delectable dishes.

Well, fear not, those who are hungry for positive change: UNESCO (United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organization) is more like a buffet where you’re can find plenty of everything.

UNESCO is undoubtedly one of the largest charitable groups in the world, and no matter what your passion is, whether it’s marine preservation, sustainable education, or poverty eradication, this international mega-organization has it covered!

What Is UNESCO?

UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations and has been active in perusing its missions since it was founded in 1945.

It covers five major fields of focus:

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The Girl Store: Buying Back the Power of Education

The day I completed my undergraduate studies was a joyous day for me.

This milestone that I’d passed has been something I have dreamed about since I was 10 years old. At that age, never did I think my gender could have prevented me from accessing this dream in the very way it does for many girls around the world today, especially in India.

A cycle persists in many parts of India where girls are subject to being married at young ages or sold into sex slavery. In order to end this tumultuous cycle, The Girl Store was created.

Not Your Typical Kiosk

It’s not your typical online store; instead it is a place where you can “purchase” a young girl her life back so that she may have the opportunity to obtain an education by supporting her with the items that she needs to go to school.

Sponsored by the K.C. Mahindra Education Trust Read more…

Khan Academy: The Future of Education

Education for most people around the world is not free.

It actually costs money – and a lot of it.

I’m not going to delve into the numbers too much (as they vary according to country and grade level), however picture this for a moment…

The cost of raising a child alone (form birth to age 17) is approximately $182,857.

17% of that is child education = $31,085.69. If education costs money, it becomes an expense – and essentially schools become a business, and a business’ responsibility is to cater to the bottom line – profit.

Education = Expense
Schools = Business
Education = Profit

In today’s consolidating economy, people are getting paid less to do more, yet the cost of education continues to rise at an average rate of 6% annually.

If a parent’s income suffers in any way, they’re forced to make a very tough decision – one that may force them to pull their child out Read more…

Save The Music Foundation: Empowering Kids to Climb The Charts

I believe every kid wants to be a rock star.

Whether it’s a drummer, the singer, the sound engineer or even perhaps the band’s tour manager, since the advent of MTV and the music video revolution, kids everywhere have been subjected to motivations of being the next Beyonce/Ozzy Osbourne. However, the odds are heavily in favour of those with money on their side, to buy musical equipment and fund their dreams.

This is not fair. Dreams are for everybody.

The Reality Star

Seeking to target older demographics looking for softer pop music, VH1 was created in 1985 as a New York City venture aimed at building on the success of MTV’s music video revolution. The overall focus on VH1 is primarily that of popular music, while the network has moved into the reality television market.

Creating music is free. However the means of producing such creative art is not.

In many cases, music educational programs have Read more…

Why Wikipedia Deserves Our Money

I confess, I’m a junkie.

An information junkie. Should I have a conversation or debate with someone where God-forbid I don’t know something, I’ll slowly find a wifi spot, pull out my phone and “wiki” that info. Sneak back into the conversation (like Bond), drop some heavy insight into the argument, and yes…almost certainly, walk away with the win!

Yeah, I said I’ll ‘Wiki’ that information!

But who here hasn’t ‘Wiki’d’ something in order to broaden their knowledge of a certain subject, only to click on the next link and the next. Before we know it, we’ve been on Wikipedia for an hour, learning stuff.

But did you know that the term Wiki isn’t theoretically correct since a “Wiki” is just any website which allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor. (*sourced from Wikipedia)

I lose you there? Read more…

The Uniform Project: Monotony Goes Social

When I was in school, there was nothing I hated more than the concept of a uniform.

As soon as I pulled the grey pinafore over my red and white checkered shirt, I felt like I had instantly transformed into a sheep-like drone. A red hair tie, white socks, and polished black Mary-Janes secured with a Velcro strap finished off with a clunky silver buckle were my only accessories.

Usually I’d rebel by wearing a bright pink hair tie instead of a red one. It was after I graduated from school that the size of my wardrobe quadrupled. The idea of wearing the same clothes twice in a row had suddenly become unfathomable.

I wore a uniform six hours a day, five times a week. Imagine doing that all day for an entire year.

Unimpressed with the sheer deception of her advertising career that forced people to indulge themselves in a sea of consumerism, Read more…